Frequently Asked Questions
- Can the itinerary be
Yes. If you would like to build in rest days that is
possible (subject to availability of accommodation) but any changes to the itinerary must be done in
advance before the hotels have been pre-paid two months prior
- If I don't feel like walking
can I ride with the luggage?
Sorry - no. Luggage is transported from inn to inn by taxi or
mini-van. Usually the taxi is filled with luggage and may
make multiple stops. They may not be licensed to
carry passengers. If you don't feel like walking one day your
hotel can arrange a taxi for you (at your expense).
- What if I have to quit due to
illness or injury after only part of the walk is completed?
We recommend you have Trip Interruption Insurance that would
cover a refund and any additional transportation expenses
- What do I do if I cannot
finish the daily walk?
The best thing to do is to phone the tour host and ask for
advice. If you are in a village there may be a local bus or
the host may be able to get a taxi to pick you up (at your
expense). You will find that proprietors of cafes, bars
and hostels along the way are sympathetic towards walkers and
like to uphold the local tradition of helping pilgrims. If you cannot reach a town or village because
of injury or illness and need medical help you can phone Emergency Services.
- .What is the accommodation
You stay at comfortable, small inns located right on the
Camino or just a short walk from the trail. You will have a room with a private bathroom.
- What do I need to carry with
me each day?
You will need a small knapsack to carry a rain jacket and
pants (depending on the weather), water, maps, your personal
documents, snacks, cell-phone.
- Could I get lost?
You will have detailed instructions but even without those it
would be difficult to get lost. The Camino is well marked and
there are many people along the way you can ask for directions
if you are unsure.
- What sort of foot-wear will I
Good, comfortable hiking boots that are well broken
in. It is very important not to get blisters on your
feet. In case this happens you should have blister cushions in
your first aid kit.
- How do I get my official
You will be given a "Pilgrim's Passport" before your
start. This can be stamped each day at hotels
at the Pilgrims' Office in Santiago.
- Can I drink the water?
Bottled water is available to purchase at shops along the
way. We don't recommend drinking the tap water although
many people do without any problem.
- What will the food be like?
Breakfasts usually consist of coffee, juice, brioches or
toast, cereal, milk, yoghurt, jam.
Lunches can be purchased at small cafes or picnic ingredients
can be bought at small shops.
Dinners are usually at the inn. If you are vegetarian or have
special dietary needs you should let us know at the time of
- How do I get to Sarria to start the
6 day walk?
If you fly to Santiago it is possible to have a taxi arranged to
meet you and take you to Sarria. Cost for this is about 200
euros per taxi (about a 90 minute drive). There is
local bus service departing from the Santiago bus station to
Sarria five days a week (one bus per day). There is one
direct train a day from Madrid to Sarria. Journey time is 6
- How do I get to St Jean Pied de Port
to start the 33 day walk?
You could fly to Madrid then on to Pamplona and from there take
a taxi to St Jean.
If you fly to Paris and on to Biarritz you can take a train to
Bayonne and from there a bus to St Jean.
- How do I make a phone call along the
We strongly recommend that you carry a cell-phone that works in
Spain. Before you go talk to your own cell-phone provided
about a "roaming" package.